The first jet engine designed jointly by British and Japanese engineers is now almost complete.
Low-angle rear view of RJ 500 engine.
Name plate on engine.
Board members arriving and general view of engine.
Anglo-Japanese board beside engine.
Inspecting the turbine.
Close up of Japanese inspecting engine (two shots)
Rear general view.
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Background: The first jet engine designed jointly by British and Japanese engineers is now almost complete. It is several years ahead of similar engines being worked on in the U.S. and France for new 150-seater airliners expected to enter service about 1987 and which are themselves still on the drawing board.
But jet engines take longer to design and prove than the aircraft they go into. So Rolls-Royce and Japanese Aero Engines have been getting on with the job and their powerplant, the RJ 500, is nearly ready to make its first run scheduled for the spring.
The airliners may need 2,000 of the twin-engined 150-seater aircraft by the end of the century, a market which could be worth five billion pounds to the engine-makers alone.
The board of the joint Anglo-Japanese company have been inspecting the first engine at Bristol. A second engine is also nearing completion in Japan.